All-Girl Advantage

Why girls’ only from Middle Years?

For over 140 years Toorak College has been committed to the education of girls and has played a major role in shaping the lives of thousands of women over many generations. We are passionate advocates of the benefits of single sex education from early adolescence.

Educational research and our experience tells us that single-sex education offers girls the greatest chance to ignore stereotypes, develop strong self-worth and grow in confidence.

Academically, the best-performing schools in Australia are girls’ schools.

Studies have concluded that all-girls’ schools were more frequently associated with higher career aspirations, improved test scores and better learning climates for students.

The girls’ school advantage

In a co-education classroom, boys take up more than two thirds of a teacher’s time. We make no apologies for giving girls our undivided attention.

Our all-girl learning environment is tailored to their needs and interests and, as a result, they show fewer inhibitions and take more positive risks.

In an all-girls school, girls take on leadership roles and are surrounded by strong female role models. Young women graduate from a girls’ school not only ready to take their place in the world as a person of equal intellectual stature, but also knowing they are capable of leading.

Studies have shown girls in single-sex schools are more likely to have:

  • Higher participation in Physics and upper levels of Mathematics courses;
  • High occupational status in terms of acquiring leadership roles;
  • A stronger sense of capability, positive attitude and increased engagement in Mathematics and Science courses;
  • Higher achievement test scores;
  • A decrease in stereotypical views;
  • More student-teacher interaction and increased focus on class work;
  • More engagement during Science and Mathematics classes.

(Lee & Lockheed, 1990; Stables, 1990; Steinback & Gwitzdala 1995; Watson, Quatman & Edler, 2002; Rowe, 2003).

The power of all-girls schools


We recognise that the choice to educate your child in a single-sex environment is an important one and a decision that involves a great deal of research and thought. Visit the Alliance of Girls School Australasia site for more information. This website highlights the key advantages of a single sex education.

The best way to see girls' only education in action at Toorak College is to make an appointment with our Enrolments Office to tour the school.

As specialists in the education of girls, we look forward to introducing you to our approach.